Thursday, October 14, 2004

Helping the children

Its all about helping the youth. If we can win the hearts and minds and show them that we are there to make lives better, things will calm down and security will improve. Education is the only way we will win in the long term, hopefully all the right values will be taught in the schools that the U.S. military helped build, to help Iraq become a truly free, tolerant, and democratic society.

Soldiers Deliver Supplies to Iraqi Children
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2004 -- Smiling children shouting joyfully filled a nearby school as soldiers distributed stuffed animals, clothes, book bags and school supplies during a civil affairs mission in Al Anwar village, Iraq, Oct 9.
According to a Multinational Force Iraq news release, soldiers from the 4th Corps Materiel Management Center sponsored the $32,000 reconstruction of the village school this summer. They returned to help the children start the school year with new school supplies donated by the American public.
Units participating in Operation Anaconda Neighborhood, a 13th Corps Support Command-sponsored civil-affairs operation designed to improve the infrastructure and quality of life for local villages, will be distributing school supplies and celebrating the opening of new schools throughout the month of October, the release said.
Since their arrival in January, the 13th COSCOM has sponsored $4.2 million worth of infrastructure improvements, including school reconstruction, medical- clinic construction and water-treatment projects in the villages surrounding Logistics Support Area Anaconda.
Another group of soldiers delivered school supplies to the Garmyan primary school in Jabara Oct. 5, according to another MNF-I news release.
These school supplies had been collected by soldiers of the 30th Brigade Combat Team through donations by family and friends at home to help the local children with their educational needs.


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